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Bell Media lays off BOB’s morning show team, Dave Illman and Julie Corlett

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Long-time morning show hosts of BOB FM, Dave Illman and Julie Corlett, have been laid off in yet another example of apparent corporate cost-cutting. The Advocate has learned they were laid off as of today, Nov. 14.

In a written interview with the Advocate, Illman says it “was made very clear to us that there was no problem with our performance. Pure cost cutting. It happens a lot in radio these days.”

Illman has been at the station for 29.5 years, and on the morning show with Corlett for about 11 of those years. He says he believes Corlett has been at the station for about 20 years.

The long-time radio host says there was “no sense of that (layoff) coming at all.”

“We were gearing up for a busy Christmas season,” with all the usual remote locations and special initiatives like the toy drive.

There’s no doubt the news was a shock for both hosts.

“I’m of course disappointed,” he writes. “That’s been my thing for my whole adult life. But I know how the business works too. Mostly feel for my co-workers who will have to try to pick up the pieces and carry on.”

In a classy gesture, Illman says he and Corlett still plan to host the Lindsay Santa Claus Parade this Sunday “as Dave and Julie (not of BOB FM) because we had made the commitment to do that and don’t want to see them stuck without hosts for YourTV cable coverage.”

At this point, it’s not clear if Bell Media will abandon its weekday morning content and move to running syndicated shows. Right now it already runs syndicated content on Saturdays and Sundays, in addition to running a local show on Saturdays for the past four years, hosted by Denis Grignon.

The Advocate reached out to Grignon for comment about the loss of his weekday colleagues.

In a written response, Grignon (who has written for the Advocate occasionally) notes “Dave and Julie were beloved with listeners and so connected to the community.”

“I enjoyed their show. Very very big shoes to fill.”

Grignon says he owes his current gig to Illman, “who took a chance on me when I approached him about working there part-time.”

“I can’t tell you how much that meant to me. And still does.”

The Advocate asked Grignon if he was worried about the cancellation of his own show, given the fate of Illman and Corlett.

“It’s not exactly top of mind,” Grignon writes. “But hey, I’ve been around long enough to know nobody is indispensable in any workplace. And let’s face it. Media is an ever-changing landscape. Whatever happens, I’ll have totally enjoyed my run.”

The part-time radio personality says he “didn’t see it coming” with regard to the loss of BOB’s morning show hosts.

“And I’ve always considered myself reasonably media savvy. But I’m still processing it. And mostly, thinking about Dave and Julie, though I know they’ll both be fine. They’re both very smart, capable and creative people. And there’s no doubt their departure leaves a huge hole in the community,” Grignon writes.

Roderick Benns is the publisher of The Lindsay Advocate. He is the author of 'Basic Income: How a Canadian Movement Could Change the World,' and is also on the communications team of the Basic Income Canada Network. An award-winning author and journalist who grew up in Lindsay, Roderick has interviewed former Prime Ministers of Canada, Senators, and Mayors across Canada. He also wrote and published a series of books for youth about Canada's Prime Ministers as teens.


  1. I am shocked by this news. It’s a great loss to the station and the community. Dave was the subject of a recent Advocate column (disclosure — written by my husband) that focussed on Dave as a “friend and neighbour” for the whole community. What could management be thinking? Local content and character are all local radio has to offer. Dave of course will be gracious; I’m fuming.

  2. So sorry to hear this! Dave and Julie have been staples in our community for years and are truly admired and respected for all they do. Can’t believe this has happened. Corporate greed at its worst.

  3. Bell media. Boycott this greedy evil company. Switch your tv and phone. Do it at Christmas just like they do. iheart radio is not good for freee press.

  4. Wow wow and wow my mom has listened to bob FM since I was just young ahe just loved the two very much its sure a shock for everyone it seems like they always get rid of the good guys or the longest for pay reasons

    • Shocked to hear this news … Dave Was a cornerstone of our community loved by everyone .. and Julie’s quick Witt and fun personality combined with Daves warm crooning voice and sense of humour made a perfect team.
      They will both be missed very much!

      • This is just another corporate cut without any concern with listeners feelings. Bell media cut cfto tv local sportscasters a few years ago. Again it’s never been the same. Nothing local any more just big business pushing the corporate agenda. Count my family out listening to your station from now on. Who’s next. Appalling!

  5. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Dave & Julie’s morning show. As a new resident in the Lindsay area (formerly of London) it was nice to wake up to hear their cheerful voices & to hear about whats happening in the community. They also encouraged people to get involved making a Lindsay a nice closer community. I hope this isn’t your final decision & you will reconsider.

    I hope you will reconsider this decision as I consider it

  6. Bell needs to stop firing people or laying them off. Bell is the most disgusting, selfish, greedy, heartless, good-for-nothing company on this planet. They are worse than Wal-Mart or Monsanto or Amazon, or any other massive conglomerate. George Cope and Mirko Bibic (and every single BCE shareholder) should be ashamed of themselves for letting these firings/layoffs happen. If Bell wants to boost their profits, maybe get rid of that pathetic excuse for a mental health campaign. That’ll save them a few million bucks a year. Let’s talk, my ass.

  7. I’m completely shocked!!
    Does “ma Bell”know what they are doing to this community…local news, road closings, accidents, school bus updates in the am ( a MUST for parents who have children going to school), not to mention waking up to voices of these two bubbling, always there rain snow or sleet making us aware of conditions and function closures..
    So Sad..I am so glad I did not reunite with this company when approached..SHAME!!

    • What a shame!! The bob fm morning show was unique to any other. This is because of Dave and Julie. Having local news weather and stuff like Bobbing for prizes and Julie’s entertainment reviews we’re a great way to start the day with some good music. Bell media are not human beings that’s why they don’t understand that. The bottom line is all that matters to a corporation sadly enough they have removed the magic that Dave and Julie brought to our community. Good luck to you both Lindsay is losing a great institution!! I’m sure Dave and Julie, will land somewhere, where they will be appreciated by their employer.
      Thank you for everything you have given us good luck in the future!!

  8. Very sad and disappointed to hear the news. I’ve been a long time listener and big time fan of Dave and Julie. I’m looking forward to see where they resurface.

  9. Dave and Julie’s morning show was my morning coffee . In my truck or at work never missed . I’ve listened to Dave since he started he is home grown talent it’s a tragedy to let them go . Our community culture is leaving us more and more , lost to big corporate business who like to fill their pockets .

  10. Dave and Julie’s morning show was my morning coffee . In my truck or at work never missed . I’ve listened to Dave since he started he is home grown talent it’s a tragedy to let them go .

  11. Dave and Julie wake me up every morning for work. What can I listen to now. It was awful this morning I had to turn it off. So said to hear about this and they will be truly missed. Hope the best for both of them!!!

  12. Oh no! Every morning at home and at the cottage we turn on Dave and Julie and the coffee perk. It’s just what we do. Cottage has no internet or t.v. so now what?? I think it is a big mistake in rural Ontario to do such a thing. Disgraceful. The Bells

  13. I gave up on Bell years ago. If cancelling Lindsay’s Dave and Julie is what the ‘corporation’ has to do to stay alive then I hope the competition out there takes them DOWN.
    That in my opinion is long overdue!

  14. Mornings not the same now !!
    My routine has been turned upside down in disbelief and shock….I loved the morning show with Dave and Julie …not a listener now !! But wish them both the best….

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